Catananche caerulea

Cupid's dart

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Hardy perennial

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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (259582)

Plant details

The bright blue, cornflower-like blooms of catananche appear continuously from early to late summer and are at their peak in midsummer. Plants are rather narrow and upright with little foliage, and single specimens do not make much of a show so plant 3 or 5 in a group to make a better display. Each papery petal has a fine silvery stripe through the centre. Grow with grey or silver-leafed plants such as artemisia and Stachys byzantina which enjoy similar growing conditions and so make natural partners.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Catananche

Species: caerulea

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

Flowering period: June to September

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